Well, Linux of course. I'm writing this on my cheap HP G62 laptop, runs openSuSE right now but I've tried Bodhi, Mint and Ubuntu. Everything works: sound, touchpad, camera, wifi, even the extra buttons on the side for the calculator, printer and such. When I backed up the original windows7 it filled 5 DVDs with bloatware and trial junk. And, it didn't reload when it crashed, so I loaded Mint and the rest is history.
HP is late to the Chromebook game but that might be my next laptop.
I worked for HP during the 50th anniversary. Bill and Dave were retired but the company was still run the "Bill and Dave way". Management was proud that no one, not one single employee, had ever been laid off in the history of the company.
Obviously the CEO's since then didn't read the "HP Way" or figured they knew better than the founders. What a shame.
Can anyone intelligently answer the question: Is firing 11% of your staff a business management strategy or is it the result of mismanagement ? I've seen this strategy for 30 years in the semiconductor business and I've seen few companies if any rise from the ashes like a Phoenix.